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Inner Experience Notes on Contemplation

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ISBN-10: 0060593628

ISBN-13: 9780060593629

Edition: N/A

Authors: Thomas Merton, William H. Shannon

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Now in paperback, revised and redesigned: This is Thomas Merton's last book, in which he draws on both Eastern and Western traditions to explore the hot topic of contemplation/meditation in depth and to show how we can practice true contemplation in everyday life. Never before published except as a series of articles (one per chapter) in an academic journal, this book on contemplation was revised by Merton shortly before his untimely death. The material bridges Merton's early work on Catholic monasticism, mysticism, and contemplation with his later writing on Eastern, especially Buddhist, traditions of meditation and spirituality. This book thus provides a comprehensive understanding of…    
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Book details

List price: $15.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 5/25/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 7.76" wide x 5.63" long x 0.47" tall
Weight: 0.198
Language: English

Born in France, Thomas Merton was the son of an American artist and poet and her New Zealander husband, a painter. Merton lost both parents before he had finished high school, and his younger brother was killed in World War II. Something of the ephemeral character of human endeavor marked all his works, deepening the pathos of his writings and drawing him close to Eastern, especially Buddhist, forms of monasticism. After an initial education in the United States, France, and England, he completed his undergraduate degree at Columbia University. His parents, nominally friends, had given him little religious guidance, and in 1938, he converted to Roman Catholicism. The following year he…    

Introduction
A Preliminary Warning
The Awakening of the Inner Self
Society and the Inner Self
Christian Contemplation
Kinds of Contemplation
Infused Contemplation
Five Texts on Contemplative Prayer
The Paradox of the Illuminative Way
What to Do: The Teaching of St. John of the Cross
Some Dangers
Contemplation and Neurosis
The Desire of Contemplation
The Sense of Sin
Problems of the Contemplative Life
Prospects and Conclusions
References to 'The Inner Experience'
Tables of Contents: A Comparison
Notes
Index